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Hello, PP99 folks.I trust Oshkosh was great, Jerry.It's Tuesday aftn. Well, my wife and I, our 22 yr-old son, 14-yr old daughter and a friend of hers, finally made it to Mexico Beach, FL, (about 10 miles east of Panama City, FL) on Sunday eve, and we're here 'til Sat. We met up with our oldest son and his wife and their 2 little boys, and, our oldest daughter and her husband and their 2 little boys.So far I've done 2 field tests of waterproof sunscreen. It's not so waterproof. 'Course, maybe being in the water for 2 straight hours the first time voids the warranty. Not a bad burn at all, though -- just a tingle on the shoulders. I'll let it soak in more next time.Also seeing how long it takes for fine white sand to find its way into crucial components of a VHS-C minicamera. I knew this would be a short test. Actually, I was quite surprised to find 3 grains "behind" the optical viewfinder. Was worth the effort - nice couple minutes of family footage. Digital still camera is just fine (see atch'd pic).Also, although I hadn't planned this one, checking reaction time of people in the water, to see how long it takes to get out of the water when someone sees a stingray. Not long at all, although it was just a small one. I guess they're pretty common here. So are "little" sharks and puffer fish. My son-in-law caught one of the former a month ago, and one of the latter last night.Saw a billboard about 15 miles before getting here advertising seaplane rides. If they're still in business (post 9/11 - banner towers took a hit, too), I'll take a spin.Will field test local seafood tomorrow. Our own flapjacks, T-bones and hamburgers have been pretty good. Spaghetti tonight.Dave H.

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The journey to OSH begins this coming Friday with a free ride ($10 for federal fees) to Milwaukee courtesy of Delta Airlines using some of my Frequent Flyer points. I will report in on my findings. And I am using classic film camera, so there will be a delay in posting any pix until they are processed.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Dave,Very nice image! I don't one of those digital cameras yet. My question is...Is there an effect that dupcicates what a polarizing filter does? Just wondering.I'm from the Mississippi Coast and have been to Mexico Beach and the area. I like it. Ever been to Alligator Point over on the East side of the Apalachicola Peninsula?The further east you go, the more you go back in time...no High-rise condos.We stayed in a little motel at Carrabelle Beach that was one story cinder block construction. Even the walk-in shower was painted cinder block...loved it. Our room's floor was vinyl...good for sweeping out the sand. I was in the early 60s again! All I needed to make it complete was the family '59 Edsel.Wakulla Springs? To see all that fresh spring water heading out to the Gulf? That whole area is a very comfortable place to be. Hope ya'll enjoy yourselves.

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Joe,Some of the better digital cameras have lenses that accept screw-on filters. Which ones, I don't recall, but I have seen them on E-Bay. The Sony Mavica might be one. Finding a polarizing filter of the correct size for a digital camera could be a problem. To answer your question, no, they cannot duplicate the polarizing filter effect inside the electronics. That is one reason I shoot with a classic single-lens reflex film camera, a Miranda Sensorex II with assorted lenses.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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A Miranda? Oh my gosh, andiluvian is more like it. I had one of them but went over to a Nikon in college. I did not know anybody hung on to them. Amazing.Doc Bryant

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Finding a polarizing filter of the correct size for a digital camera could be a problem. Jerry,You know how we have to adjust the polarizing filter for which way the light is coming? Seems that unless there were a thru-lense view finder, it would be difficult to use that type of filter. Hhmmmm...Just thinking aloud.I have a cousin that's into taking pictures and he's been shooting with a digital camera recently. He speaks of convenience of use and that he would rather view images on a computer than in a photo album.I want one of those things!! I'm trying to talk myself into getting one!Doc,I always wanted a Nikon. If I knew in my early twenties what I know now, I would have gone ahead and "bit-tha-bullet" and bought...I'd be dollars ahead and a much happier picture taker.What I've got now is a couple of systems that are no longer supported.Joe Sumrall

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If you find a digital camera with a color LCD viewing screen, it would be like using a single-lens reflex camera and you could see the results of any polarizing filter on the front side, if you could put one there. The smallest one I have owned was 46mm for my original Miranda Sensorex back in the late 60's and until 1978 when it was stolen from the company truck in the Phoenix area.Thanks to Ebay, I now have several working Miranda cameras that take beautiful 35-mm quality photos. And yes, I use a polarizing filter on all my outdoor shots.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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it would be like using a single-lens reflex camera and you could see the results of any polarizing filter on the front sideDuh! I probably wouldn't have thought of that if I had the camera in my hands! Sheesh! Beam me up, Scotty! :-)*A color LCD viewing screen will be a must. *I know...smilies to be used with discretion in this forum.

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Joe:I had a Miranda Sensorex-C. Since my photographer friends were using Nikons, I worked in the summer doing heavy construction until I had enough money for an F2S Nikon (black body of course) with an F1.2 lens. In high school had I learned how to use a 35mm by using a friend's Nikkormat. He wanted to sell it to me, but I could not afford it at the time. Photooraphy paid a bit in College, so I plowed back anything I earned into more equipment.Another friend, many years later, sold me his Nikon FM2. My younger brother had one and liked it. So when he went to Italy for a summer program with the University of Virginia, I loaned him some lenses. One of then is still in a canal in Venice....Since then, I have occasionally visited local pawn shops trolling for Nikon stuff. I have bought a pristine Nikkormat like I learned with, a 300mm Nikon tele, a Nikon F Photomic and some other lenses. I don't think I paid more than $100 for either one. Hadn't thought about trying E bay yet!Doc Bryant

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My current camera collection includes one fully functional Sensorex II that I have been using for most of my photos. I also have a Sensorex C that is also functional. I have F1.4 lenses on both of them. I also have an old Sensorex with the revovable back cover. I have two Auto Sensorex models that need some work. One will probably be parted out for the sake of the other, but that remains to be seen. I have a 1.4 E lens and a 1.8 for them. I also have the black body Miranda DX-3 that is fully functional with a 1.8 lens. I have a focabell, microscope adapter, extension tubes, flash adapter for the old Sensorex. No eyecup or waist level finders or critical focusers yet. I have several Auto-Miranda lenses, 28mm, 35mm, 105mm, 135mm (more than one). I have a Soligor 90-230 zoom (auto-coupled) with Miranda T-4 mount, and a 300mm Auto Soligor with Miranda T-4 mount. I have a PM adapter and a 400mm 5.6 fixed lens and a slide duplicator that interface to that as well.Oh, yes, I have a Sensomat RE that also uses the EC lenses, same as the DX-3. IT works well, but I have not shot any film with that one. The DX-3 has its first roll of film in it right now.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b81819912a31.gif JoeYou are right. In this forum, we try to keep an eye on the smileys.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b85719e3084e.gifWell, I said an eye.Everyone here is very serious - no room for bozos.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b8801a6fe910.gifThis does not mean that we shut ourselves in. http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b8a31abd2de9.gifFor example, Jerry spends his time flying. http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b8d91aeed952.gifMust get tiring.Some of us get to fly in other ways. http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b91d1b625b64.gifYou get the idea - we all like aviation. http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b9591bd8b2a1.gifAnd nobody gets mad here. http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40bafd1ee5cff0.gifOccasionally, someone (who looks a lot like Lindy) gets dizzy over smileys. http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b9b31c850153.gifThat is why she is co-S.I.C.And sometimes (like now) I just go yo-yo over them too. http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40b9f11ce23b7b.gifWhich is why I am another SIC.I have noticed that you also like those smileys, so perhaps we shall co-opt you soon.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40ba161d425b14.gifhttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40ba3c1d8fc0db.gifI would just like to thank Tom for bringing the smiley community together http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40ba5c1dcebfa7.gifAnd another one from the collection.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d40ba7e1e024536.gifWell, just beat that, Bob, if you can.Best regards.Luis

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LOL, Jerry.That beats my Nikon F Ftn, Nikkormat FTN Black, Nikon F2S Black and FM2 Black, 1.2 and 1.4 normal lenses, 35 wide, 105 f1.8 and 300 Nikkor tele. I guess I need to be looking at more pawn shops, LOL.Doc Bryant

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All my collection came via Ebay. Only one item came through a pawn shop, and that too, was advertised on Ebay. It was one of the Auto Sensorex cameras that is not working, but the EE lens that came with it was a 50mm, 1.4 that needed a linkage reset, and now it is perfect!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Yes, Luis, pretty similar. That's the main reason I took this particular shot. The "blue" part of the sky sure is a lot bluer in FL than in ATL. Beautiful tropical weather !Dave H.Fayetteville, GA

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>Dave, >>Very nice image! I don't one of those digital cameras yet. All the pics are from an HP 315, 2.1 megapixel, which actually belongs to my wife's preschool dept, which we're trying out. I also have a Polaroid PDC 700, 0.8 megapix, which I've had for a couple of years that's good for e-mails, general "snapshots" and some limited printing. With it, I've learned a lot about digital capabilites. My next digital will be at least a 3 megapix. I also have a real 35, Minolta XG1 (bought in 1982), w/1:1.4 50mm lens, and an 80-200 zoom. But the digital is just so darned convenient to use with the PC.>I'm from the Mississippi Coast and have been to Mexico Beach >and the area. I like it. Ever been to Alligator Point over >on the East side of the Apalachicola Peninsula? We went to Cape San Blas south of Port St. Jo for a little more than an hour. My son-in-law did some fishing, while the rest of us looked for shells and little crabs. As you know, that area doesn't see a lot of tourists, so there are plenty of large baseball-sized shells, and some a little larger. Also watched several pelicans go fishing. Ah, so nice and quiet !!>Wakulla Springs? To see all that fresh spring water heading >out to the Gulf? Didn't get there, but did read about it!>>That whole area is a very comfortable place to be. Hope >ya'll enjoy yourselves. We did, sir !The two following beach scenes were from the Cape. Only in Coastal FL can the Palms and Pines co-exist in such serenity. Looks really odd to see a pine cone on the beach !!! That's my wife, Linda, taking a breather, 'neath aforementioned Palms/Pines.My son-in-law and I did get a flight on the seaplane. It was a 1978 (think that's correct) Cessna 180 with only 2100 Tach hours, with a new 230-hp Lycoming -- a real quiet engine. Cap'n Richard bought his first seaplane in 1978. Their website is www.bayseaplanes.com .We took the 30-min trip, which went from West Bay to St. Andrew's Bay and back, at around 500-600 ft (both AGL/MSL - first time I've got to see an altimeter read 0 ft - sure makes your home elevation easy to remember!). The C180's name is Miss Miranda - that's the Cap'n checking the left tank. His wife also flies seaplanes, and works there at the dock. It finally dawned on me that it always seems the planes take off the water with a roll, and asked them why - they said there's always some suction/adhesion of the floats, and rolling assists in breaking the suction. Also, a glassy surface it even harder, requiring some additional training. Smooth-as-silk landing ! They had autographed pictures on the wall from several folks, including Scott Carpenter, and Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor and one of the other guys from the show.Dave H.Fayetteville, GA

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Oh I don't know.Would you want to be where he is and have your life chock a block full of staff meetings and other unworthy demands upon your time?Sounds to me like all he needs is a better connection to the net.And perhaps me down their with him on the veranda plying him with Habanas.....Doc Bryant

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A man after my own heart. Doc, life is full of profound pleasures, and smoking a good cigar in excellent company is one of them.Another is the mango.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d45db9f19865665.jpgWe are in the midst of the season, and given that we have over 15 varieties,http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d45dbc419d07a25.jpgthey keep me rather busy.I am up at 6:30 every morning, including Sunday, out in the sun most of the day (although, fortunately, it has been raining for the last few days - keeps the heat tolerable.) The mangos are falling off the trees by the thousands.Forgive me for saying that there is no more fragrant or succulent fruit in the world.http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d45dc811b7cd8f0.jpgAlas! they do not travel well, otherwise the whole world would be eating mangos.Here is a picture of the farm, looking west towards the mountains:http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d45dd301d21650d.jpgTo top it all off, we suffer from serious blackouts, 36 hours at a time. This past weekend, we got 4 or 5 hours a day of electricity, thanks to Enron and A.E.S. who own generating plants and the distribution grid (and who refuse to supply power.)So, I am pretty busy. But productive, in spite of it all.At the same time, Tom, I am busy working on scenery for Joe (Gulfport) and Ed (Lake Havasu - I just wish he would give me some feedback so that I could fine tune it.) As well as my own projects - Paris, Santo Domingo, Vero Beach, Key West. Also trying to put the finishing touches on another story for the forum, but the blackouts make this difficult.But, you are right. I have too much free time now that I no longer take part in the rat race. Yes, I remember it well - 60 or 70 hour work weeks, getting home at 10 p.m. every night, working weekends, business trips overseas to the States (10 hours in a plane, 9 hours jet lag!)Do not miss it a bit. Pull out them stogeys, Doc, and let's smoke.Best regards.Luis

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Yes -- the ATL area's pollution is more of a white haze, as compared to other cities with lots of smokestacks in addition to the traffic. After living here for some time, it doesn't seem like pollution, but just a by-product of all the hot stagnant air, but it is pollution nonetheless. It seemed to start just southwest of Columbus, GA.BTW, there were plenty of F-15's, F-16's and some F-4's flying around. Final to R26 at Tyndall AFB happened to be overhead our living quarters. They even flew over a couple of nights until 10:30 pm CDT! Didn't bother me a bit - love that sound !!Also, I misstated the mileages in my initial post. The AFB is about 13 miles west, and Panama City 25 miles west of Mexico Beach.Dave H.Fayetteville, GA

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Dave,I'll bet that Seaplane ride was great fun!Also, watching a group of pelicans [big]crash[/big] into the water for their supper is a sight!I love the looks of that beach in your pictures. Beautiful! It has the look of a beach that's protected by a barrier island. In our area of the Gulf, it's palmettos, Live Oaks and Pines that grow to the shore.

http://www.cableone.net/joesumralliii/HornIsland.jpg[big]North Shore of Horn Island[/big]Photo By Donald Bradburn[big]Photo Tour of our area by Bill Strong][/big]Some[/u of the images are large.So, a high speed connection will make this site more pleasant.

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Sounds like the name of a dance...the Mango Tango!I discovered that fruit about 10 years ago. 15 varities? We only see the mangos that look like the ones in that first image. The others in your second image are beautiful.I really need some lessons on the fine art of eating a mango. The closer I get to the pit, the more stringy the pulp. Not wanting to waste any of such an expensive fruit, the pit munching sends me looking for the nearest dental floss.I wonder...are they ever just squeezed for the juice? Rum and Mango juice has to be something good.They are tasty, though. When I eat them, it's usually with abandon. Leaning over the kitchen sink helps keep the juice dripping from my elbows off the floor.On a serious note: Something needs to be done about that power distribution problem. I wish I knew how I could help you, Luis!

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